5 Theater Shows You Won’t Want To Miss In Metro Atlanta This August

Charlie Thomas, Adam King and Vinnie Mascola star in Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse's "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" running Aug. 4 through 19.
Charlie Thomas, Adam King and Vinnie Mascola star in Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse’s “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” running Aug. 4 through 19. Photo by Jeff Watkins/ASC.

In August a few local theater companies are premiering new productions as others are headed back into the studio to begin a rehearsals for a brand new season of programming.

Two of our five featured programs revolve around Shakespeare with new, interesting twists.

One play centers on two couples’ relationships, and a popular broadway musical presented in Cobb chronicles a famous love triangle.

An upcoming festival features the premieres of four new musicals.

And case you missed them, there are also several of musicals that opened in July and continue well into August.

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Don’t miss these new theater shows opening in Atlanta in August!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

When: Aug. 4 through 19: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

Cost: $15 to $42

What to Expect: Atlanta Shakespeare Company describes this show as “an irreverent, hilarious, high-speed romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays (and 154 sonnets) in two hours!” Othello goes Hip-Hop, Titus Andronicus has a cooking show, and all the Histories are performed as a football game. All of this performed by three actors.

Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival

When: Aug. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.

Where: Out Front Theatre Company

Cost: Full Festival Pass: $50, Individual Shows: $12 to $17

What to Expect: This festival wraps four new musicals into one great series. They tell stories of feminism, fitting in, faith, family and fairy hoaxes. See one or all four! On Aug. 6 see “Wonder Women,” and the Aug. 7 show is “Red, A Crayon’s Musical.” “Sundays at Four” premieres on Aug. 13, and “The Fairy Hoax” closes out the festival on Aug. 14.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

When: Aug. 10 through Sept. 29, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre

Cost: $18.50 to $28.50

What to Expect: On the campus of a small New England college, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife home for a nightcap. As the cocktails flow, the young couple finds themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war where the combatants attack the self deceptions they forged for their own survival in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

"Bat Hamlet" runs Aug. 10 through 25 at Out of Box Theatre.
“Bat Hamlet” runs Aug. 10 through 25 at Out of Box Theatre. Photo courtesy of Out of Box Theatre.

Bat Hamlet

When: Aug. 10 through 25: Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

Where: Out of Box Theatre

Cost: $15.90 to $23.32

What to Expect: What if Shakespeare had conceived the melancholy Dane as a costumed crime fighter? Bat-Hamlet tells the tale of a Dark Knight that emerges from betwixt the pages of Shakespeare to exact revenge on his murderous uncle, King Jester. Once resolved to avenge beloved King Police Commissioner Gordrick’s death, Hamlet dons the persona of Bat-Hamlet, a flashier and much cooler version of his brooding youth. See what happens as the universes of Shakespeare and Batman collide.

AIDA

When: Aug. 17 through Sept. 2

Where: Atlanta Lyric Theatre at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

Cost: $26 to $58

What to Expect: Winner of four Tony Awards in 2000, Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal, chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.

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